Friday, 6 March 2015

Let's Selfie for a Good Cause

Lets take a selfie

Most of you out there love taking pictures especially selfies. Now why not take one on your bed with your bare face to help support a good cause.

Marie Claire wants to do something different from the usual norm by donating RM 10 to Women's Aid Organisation for each selfie taken with your bare face & posing based on the theme ''Wake Up For A Good Cause''

This step is taken in conjunction with the International Women's Day. The motive is to increase awareness among us and to give every women who has ever been abused, equal rights and support while raising funds to help WAO ( Women's Aid Organisation )

Thousands of women get abused out there. You might even know of someone who have been abused, threatened & almost in the verge of giving up hope to this brutal cycles. You might have witnessed with your own eyes, a women falling apart due to repeated violence caused by heartless humans. Clueless on how you can help in this complicated situation ?

Being in the medical line, I've had many patients coming to me over the years with complaints of being abused in many ways. Some can be as young as 13years. It could be verbal, physical or emotional abuse. Some women come immediately to seek medical help & support. Some come after years of being abused and majority pretends like nothing ever happened. Why ? Because of fear. Because of humiliation. Because the society might judge you differently. Because they are unsure, how they can reach for help.

I remember a few months ago, a middle aged women came to me for help at the hospital.She had bruises on her face, shoulders and legs. Her eyes was swollen and was indeed like a racoon's eye. She was all alone. Nobody accompanied her. As I asked what was the problem, she hesitated for a few seconds and then replied I fell from the stairs. I kept still, I waited for her to give me more history. But that was all I got. I asked her again 'You fell ?' She replied yes and couldnt look me in the eye. She turned away. I could see tears in her eyes. Tears of fear. Tears of pain she went through. Tears that only she could understand. I knew all along that it wasn't from a fall but a suffering that has weakened her to bits. A point where she could no longer go on. She slowly gave a brief history. Her husband was physically abusing her for months. He kicks her hard on the stomach, slaps her face repeatedly. Verbally abuses her on a daily basis ever since she lost her job due to uncertain reasons. She had to keep this to herself of the fear that he might harm her even more if news leaks out.

Many women out there have similar story, a story that has been bottled up. This is where the WAO comes into play. They create a society that is free from violence against women

WAO Objectives ( taken from WAO's website )

To provide on request to women and their children suffering from mental, physical and sexual abuse, temporary refuge services that empower and enable them to determine their own future.

To offer emotional and social support to any women who request for it, resident or otherwise, and offer support and after-care.

To undertake and encourage research into any of the factors that contribute to the inequality and subordination of women.

To undertake and advocate with government and non-government organisations the eradication of factors that contribute to the inequality and subordination of women through law, policy and institutional reforms.

To create an awareness and better understanding among individuals, public and relevant agencies on the issues of violence against women and the underlying inequalities.

In order to achieve this objectives they need your help & funds.

And here Marie Claire has taken a great step in raising funds to help aid the organisation by donating RM 10 for each selfie taken for a good cause

All you have to do to participate is to post a bare-faced selfie of yourself on Instagram from now till the 30th of April with the hashtags  #marieclairemalaysia  #mcwakeup2agoodcause and RM 10 will be donated to WAO

Mandarin Oriental KL Hotel
Source : Butterfly Project

The Butterly Project - Beauty Bloggers are supporting this step to stop violence by holding an instagram selfie activity for their members at the Mandarin Oriental KL Hotel tomorrow ( 7/3/15 ) from 2.30pm to 6pm where they can get cozy on the bed / window / bathroom and posing with their bare face at the comfort of the hotel room.